DC Habitat, The New School and DC Government to Celebrate World Environment Day

A team of students from Parsons The New School for Design, The Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Urban Policy at The New School, and Stevens Institute of Technology have partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Washington, D.C. and the DC local government to build the first Passive House in D.C., Empowerhouse. Today’s highest energy standard, a Passive House consumes 90 percent less energy than a typical home, making Empowerhouse a new model for affordable housing. The house, which first debuted at the Solar Decathlon, has been moved to Deanwood and is now being expanded to accommodate two families. It is expected to be completed this fall.

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DC Habitat believes that everyone deserves a house they want to call home. That's why we work to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in the nation's capital by building (and rehabilitating) affordable, energy- and resource-efficient homes for people in need.